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    Glock 44 range reports

    Now that the big reveal has happened, and the Glock 44 is out, it seems like it is time for a thread dedicated to Glock 44 range reports.

    I picked my Glock 44 up today at the LGS. When I handed it to my wife to show her, she basically turned up her nose and said she wasn’t interested. In that her main competition pistol is a 320 Legion, I could sort of understand how the 44 might feel like a toy. When I got it home, I was pleased to determine that I could add a GlockStore Thug grip plug, which added about 1.5 ounces. Link:

    https://www.glockstore.com/Thug-Plug

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    The trigger felt heavy relative to the weight of the pistol, and I decided to look at the striker spring. It appeared to be a regular OEM 5.5 spring, although the spring cups were white instead of black. I replaced the 5.5 OEM striker spring with a Wolf 5.0, improving the trigger somewhat, but in the process launching one white spring cup to an as yet undetermined area of my gun area. Replacements are on the way, but in the meantime, I used regular black OEM spring cups. Next, was to check the G44 in a George AIWB and my Comp Tac International competition holster — the 44 worked perfectly in both.

    End of the day, my wife and I headed back to the range — me to shoot the 44 and her to mess with one of her new Legion optics top ends. After a few rounds to verify it would still light off rimfire rounds, I figured I should shoot some known test. My wife suggested Gabe’s test, using a Pistol Training target, since that is what I had up. Oh, before I forget, the 44 shot POA/POI in windage, but about two inches high at 7 yards with the 40 grain Fiocchi ammo I was using. Will look at a taller front sight later.

    I had to edit the various strings together, so you didn’t have to watch me reloading magazines. I was turbo on three runs, maybe on a fourth, and just over on a few more. I could stand some time working with the smaller grip as my draw looked balky. Here is the video.



    Afterwards, I tried some doubles, and found the 44 harder to split than my Gen 4 17 competition pistol. While the sights lift less than a 9mm, the overall experience was very similar. At this point my wife asked to shoot a few magazines through the 44. Here she is shooting a two inch dot and then the eight inch circle at about 7 yards.



    Just as I was about to ask her what she thought, she turned to me and said “wow, I had no idea this thing was going to be so much fun to shoot!” That, of course led me to end up loading a box of .22 ammo into magazines as she shot away.

    After I wrestled the pistol back out of her hands, I finished up another box just enjoying the 44. At that point I got the bad feeling I might be ruining my recoil control with my Glock 17, so I went and grabbed it to see. I figured I would do a cold Garcia dot drill, which is a draw and six shots into a two inch dot at 7 yards, since that would test recoil control. It went clean in 3.69, allaying any concern about not remembering how to shoot centerfire.



    I repeated another dot in 3.20 something with my sixth shot about a half inch high, then did a number of other tasks, and experienced no negative from the .22, and positive from steering the sights and working the trigger on a harder to shoot pistol than my G17.

    Throughout the session, I had a couple light strikes, possibly from my lighter striker spring, possibly because it is a rimfire. I also had a few stoppages when trying to load from slide lock. I have no idea how these pistols will do with higher round counts, and if my sample is representative, but as of now I give it an unqualified thumbs up as a helpful training tool, especially for a Glock shooter.
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    You mention a couple times that it's harder to shoot than your G17. Why is that? The trigger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balisong View Post
    You mention a couple times that it's harder to shoot than your G17. Why is that? The trigger?
    Fair question, and not exactly sure, but the trigger weight to total weight and grip size are less favorable than on my 17.
    Likes pretty much everything in every caliber.

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    I took my Glock 44 this weekend. So things I noticed:

    1) It will not feed ammo rated less than 1000 fps. It will not cycle reliably. All that hype that it will eat anything is bull.
    2) The trigger 'feels' lousy because the gun and recoil is so light. I had to use a (-) connector and 4.5 lb spring to match my carry glock 'feel'.
    3) I wish the frame was made out of steel. It would weigh the same as my G19. I will need to get that grip plug GJM had.
    4) Because the dovetails are plastic, I will have to be careful not to force in metal sights for fear of peaning the slide. The stock sights sucks.
    5) It is absolutely one of most fun gun to shoot. I can't find any mags online! I need more mags to feed this thing!

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    Nice. I am just pretty much in awe of the Garcia dot times. Of course that has nothing to do with the 44.

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    I really want one bad... I am fighting the flu at the moment but almost dug myself out of the house today to snag one until... I watched 3 separate videos of G44's cracking slides and shooting out of battery. Kind of got me a bit worried about purchasing one now. I had high hopes and was actually excited about the 44 until I watched these. I would post em up for you all but I am just to spent to hunt them down right now. I know Mac posted one video a guy sent him of it firing out of battery if that helps for now. Anyway I probably shouldn't be posting while I'm so full of meds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJM View Post
    Fair question, and not exactly sure, but the trigger weight to total weight and grip size are less favorable than on my 17.
    D1 to a low probability target and transitions - tasks without recoil control elements were discussed as possibly this pistol's training aide forte. Did you notice anything about those?

    Good that your G17 recoil management didn't take a hit. Sunday I was shooting and super light .22 for about 50 rounds and afterward the first couple of runs with my G17 felt like I was shooting a .357 magnum. Had to real that back in. It was psychological of course.
    "I realized all the mindset talk was useless without action and that with action, all the mindset talk was unnecessary." - Mike Pannone

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHC View Post
    D1 to a low probability target and transitions - tasks without recoil control elements were discussed as possibly this pistol's training aide forte. Did you notice anything about those?

    Good that your G17 recoil management didn't take a hit. Sunday I was shooting and super light .22 for about 50 rounds and afterward the first couple of runs with my G17 felt like I was shooting a .357 magnum. Had to real that back in. It was psychological of course.
    I wouldn’t over think this, I would just shoot it and see.
    Likes pretty much everything in every caliber.

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    I'm up to 950 rounds through my 44 and still have yet to have a light strike or any FTE or FTF. I should say I almost never run the gun to slide lock, just leave a round in the chamber and replace mags. I also clean the the gun and re lubricate after every range session (last few have been 200 rounds per). After 550 I did replace the connector with a Lone Wolf 3.5 and Wolff Striker Safety Spring which did help me soften the extremely hard wall the trigger came to which I like more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJM View Post
    I wouldn’t over think this, I would just shoot it and see.
    I might come across someone with one someday I guess.
    Last edited by JHC; 01-28-2020 at 08:27 AM.
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